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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Plinius on March 22, 2015 at 2:15am

Zooming back already, Carl, hurray! I hope you'll have a nice and easy recovering time.

I love those stories! One of my in-laws - father-i-l was in Rotterdam 1940 when the town was bombed. He was at work as an electrician in someone's apartment when the block caught fire, and he didn't know what to do. He decided to follow a black cat that was there, and they both survived the bombing in a kitchen cupboard - later he always spoke with the deepest respect about the wisdom of cats.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 10:58pm
Ian, family history is facinating. An acquaintance found out her gfather was left when his mother died and he used the last name of the family who raised him. So his 'relatives' weren't related to him at all.
Comment by Ian Mason on March 21, 2015 at 10:14pm

Hurrah! That's great, Carl. As you've realised, we've been thinking about you. Very glad to hear that you're on the mend. Things aren't the same without you.

Also glad to hear that your husband has got his new knee, Ruth. A friend of mine had that a couple of years ago and is very glad for it.

I don't know if I've posted about this before, Chris. A cousin of mine looked into the family history and found out that his Dad wasn't his Dad and that he had a half-sister he knew nothing about. This caused some strain in family relations. Going further back, a middle-aged widow in the family married again, to a man named Singular Onion Gallehawk. His parents must have been strange.

Joan, my grammar and pronounciation are quite eccentric. Estuary English plus university education all stirred up by living in another country and speaking another language in everyday life. My family comment on it sometimes when I muddle my syntax.

Have a great Sunday everyone. Hope the church bells don't disturb you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 10:12pm

Carl, welcome back! You can't even begin to imagine how happy I am to see your The Flying Atheist back online! You sound like you are in excellent shape, emotionally. Your poor body will take a while to catch up. I won't bug you, however, here is a very pleased hug for you, {Carl}. May your recovery be quick and soon pain free. 

Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 10:04pm
Carl, glad to hear it. It took my post twelve minutes to hit the board. Major drawback of living in the middle of nowhere. Lousy internet service!
Comment by k.h. ky on March 21, 2015 at 9:42pm
I hope Carl is comfortable and doing well.

@Chris, a quick family story. My favorite uncle, who lived in Chicago, wore a huge handlebar mustache. When I saw him without it l asked why he shaved it.. Seems he came home one freezing morning, pulled his sweater off over his head and broke half of his mustache off above the lip. He never wore a mustache again.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 21, 2015 at 9:30pm
Hey, gang. Just checking in. I had a successful surgery on Wednesday and I'm recovering nicely. I will have to do some in-patient physical therapy at another hospital as a result of my legs being so weak from my kidney disease. Of course I have some lifting restrictions. I've been using my arms to help myself in and out of chairs and bed. I'm no longer allowed to do that, as the pressure may damage my incision. Time to work up my lower body strength.

Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and kind words.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 5:07pm

Spring in Spain Calpe Costa Blanca Spanien 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 5:02pm

@Carl, just to let you know we are thinking of you. A gentle group hug. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 2:05am

Ruth, I wish a speedy recovery for your husband and an easy time of caregiving for you during his recovery. 

Six inches of snow, today?! Oh! dreadful. By April 23, there should be no snow or ice to deal with as you go to the facility. Oh dear, who knows?

 

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